VICTORIAN RESEARCHER TO INVESTIGATE GAMBLING REGULATION
24 Sep 2018
Australians are the world’s biggest gamblers. Australia has the largest per capital gambling losses in the world, and harms caused by gambling are on the same level of magnitude as alcohol misuse
Dr Angela Rintoul, a Parkville local, has received a Churchill Fellowship because of her motivation to travel overseas and bring back potential solutions to this issue of national concern, and the unresolved public health and policy challenges around gambling regulation.
Dr Rintoul is amongst 112 people from across the country to receive the prestigious Churchill Fellowship, worth some $3.1 million collectively.
Dr Rintoul will travel to the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Switzerland investigate international lessons for public health policy and improved regulation of gambling.
The Churchill Fellowships were established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill, and to fulfil his wish for people from all walks of life to travel the world to gain new knowledge and insights.
Since its inception, the Churchill Trust has enabled more than 4,300 Australians in identifying projects where overseas investigation will allow them to return home inspired with the practical knowledge and experience needed to advance their projects and embed new opportunities in Australia.
Dr Rintoul has always held a strong interest in gambling regulation. She is a Research Fellow at the Australian Gambling Research Centre, at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
When Dr Rintoul found out she had received a Fellowship, she was pleased to be recognised. She is keen to learn and pass on her knowledge to policy makers, academics and the public.
“I am determined to make headway into improving the gambling regulatory system and subsequently reducing harm,” said Dr Rintoul.
“Venues which host electronic gambling machine operations are ubiquitous in Australia, and the rapid escalation of online gambling poses further risks.
“Other countries have introduced reforms and have reduced gambling limits. For example, Norway removed their electronic gambling machines in 2006 and replaced these in 2008 with less addictive machines. I want to understand the evidence and policy process that led to these, and other, reforms.
“We can learn so much from jurisdictions where reforms have been introduced. Through my Fellowship, I will learn directly from researchers who have demonstrated the efficacy of potential interventions.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for Dr Rintoul to engage with international experts and bring home innovative evidence and policy ideas,” said Adam Davey, CEO of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
“We look forward to seeing how Dr Rintoul will use the knowledge she gains overseas and how it will contribute to a better future for Victoria and Australia.”